JOB SUMMARY:  The Speech Therapist is responsible for evaluation, planning, directing, and administering speech therapy modalities of treatment for in-patients and out-patients.  The therapist assumes responsibility in the daily activities of the therapy department.  The therapist participates in operations aspects of the department.  Ensures that patient changes are accurate and entered on a timely basis.  Participates in all infection control, department equipment training, organizational safety, and fire programs.


AGES OF PATIENTS SERVED:  These are identified as neonate, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric.



  • Evaluates and monitors speech-language skills and swallow function as related to educational, medical, social, and psychological factors.
  • Reviews individual file to obtain background information prior to evaluation to determine appropriate tests and to ensure that adequate information is available.
  • Administers, scores, and interprets specialized hearing, speech and cognitive tests.
  • Develops and implements individualized plans for assigned clients to meet individual needs, interests, and abilities.
  • Reviews treatment plan and assesses individual performance to modify, change or write new programs.
  • Maintains records as required by law, hospital’s policy, and administrative regulations.
  • Instructs individuals to monitor their own speech-swallow and provides ways to practice new essential duty satisfactorily.
  • Plans, directs, or conducts rehabilitative treatment programs to restore communicative and swallowing efficiency of individuals with communication/dysphagia problems of organic and nonorganic etiology.
  • Provides counseling and guidance and language/swallow development therapy to disabled individuals.
  • Schedules patients for treatment and evaluations.
  • Maintains inventory of materials and supplies.
  • Respects and understands the patient’s right to treatment and right to involvement in the treatment decisions.
  • Practices ethical responsibility based on the cultural, ethnic, and religious beliefs of the patients served and applicable law.
  • Possesses interpersonal skills needed to function in a “team” setting.
  • Creates a positive, supportive working atmosphere.
    Works in harmony with assigned co-workers and other department’s staff.
  • Communicates with physicians, other departmental staff, patients, and family members regarding patient progress, problems, and plan.
  • Instructs patient, family members or other caregivers in therapeutic procedures and/or exercises to be continued upon discharge.
  • Assists in the referral process when additional services are required.
  • Accepts and responds to constructive criticism and suggestions and strives for self-improvements.
  • Consults with other members of rehabilitation team to select activity program consistent with needs and capabilities of individual and to coordinate speech therapy with other therapeutic activities.
  • Accepts and performs assigned duties in a cooperative manner.
  • Demonstrates the ability to accept and implement change.
  • Displays self-respect and pride in the institution.
  • Demonstrates behavior that reflects the image of the institution.
  • Maintains and promotes a positive attitude.
  • Demonstrates kindness, courteousness, and sensitivity to patients, families, physicians, co-workers, and visitors at all times.
  • Assists in other areas as needed.
  • Maintains confidentiality as defined by the hospital’s policy.
  • Adheres to hospital policies and procedures.
  • Arrives at work on time and when scheduled.
  • Accepts responsibility for one’s own mistakes.
  • Performs quality work in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
  • Produces a high volume of assigned work.
  • Demonstrates flexibility, initiative, and ingenuity in performing job tasks.
  • Maintains personal hygiene and appearance appropriate for the position.
  • Demonstrates professional conduct.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:  Possesses interpersonal skills needed to function in a “team” setting.



Education:  Must be a graduate of an accredited school of speech therapy and eligible for licensure with the State of Kansas.


Required Certification/Registration:  Must have current license, certification, or registration with the Kansas Department of Health & Environment.

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